Diplomacy projects

The State of Kuwait Embassy Complex in Brasilia

 

PROJECT INFO

Location
Brasilia

Status
Under Construction

Client
Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Type
Residential

Size
12.500 sq. meters

Other Features
Corten Steel Facades

Sustainability, Rain Water re-use

Perforated Aluminium Skin

 
 

The design of The State of Kuwait Embassy Complex in Brasilia received special attention to the historical liaison between traditional Arabic elements and contemporary architecture.

 
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This liaison had to take place in a very subtle and careful manner, allowing the buildings to be taken by Arabic atmosphere but at the same time, preserving its freshness and present-day ideas. Our challenge was to balance both aspects, reaching the precise moment when architecture is able to represent and register its historical time by exerting its ability to balance aesthetics issues, available technologies, cost control, climate contingencies and cultural reflections.

 
In our project, we reinterpret the traditional Liwan concept, creating a series of archways formed by perforated aluminum panels (cotemporary arches).

In our project, we reinterpret the traditional Liwan concept, creating a series of archways formed by perforated aluminum panels (cotemporary arches).

 
 
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The main strategy of the proposal is to absorb and utilize the traditional arch and the archways constituted of its regular repetition, as a scheme to create transition spaces, connecting exterior and interior, thus approximating our architectural gesture to the Arabic vernacular.

 
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partnership with

Peach, Architect Gabriela Muller

Mrgb, Architects Igor Campos and Hermes Romão

Consultant Team

A4 Engenharia, Structural engineering

Quinta Paisagismo, Landscape architect

Supera Engenharia, General contractor

Awards

First Prize, National Architecture Competition, Kuwait Ministry of Foreign Affairs - MOFA, 2011

Second Prize, NAB Nova arquitetura de Brasilia, Project Category, Brazilian Institute of Architects, IAB, 2015

 

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